A Social Update

Hi Readers & Book Fans.

As we approach the end of 2013, I just wanted to write a short post to let you know how things are going, both with the site and in life.

In life, things have been up and down for Greté recently in terms of her health.  She suffers from long term depression (dysthymia specifically) and despite the support and medication there are days, and sometimes weeks, where she is just not able to deal with reading, or writing reviews.  At times, reviews from other folk who contribute will pile up in the background on the site, and Greté’s illness will just prevent her from reading them, approving them and publishing them.

Greté is very much dedicated to the site, and is very much dedicated to getting back and posting some more content.

The website has been Greté’s hobby for a few years, and she is proud of what she has built, and grateful for your readership, support and comments.  As soon as she’s feeling well enough, she’ll be writing reviews and posting them again.  Thanks again for your support and understanding, and here’s to a better 2014.

In closing, here’s hoping you have a very Merry Christmas, and an awesome New Year.

New look …

I’m just sorting out a new theme and layout for the site so over the next hour it’ll probably look a little broken in places.  Should be sorted real soon now …

time passes

Right, should be sorted.  Let us know if anything doesn’t work as you expect by commenting here.

Page layouts fixed

I’ve fixed the layouts on the content pages so they work in newer browsers. Grete’s currently reading a bunch of new stuff so expect some more reviews soon!

Welcome aboard the WordPress version

So we’ve dropped the Drupal site (the old bookthing stuff), and migrated the content across to WordPress. I don’t have time to ‘learn’ more than one major CMS enough to keep it patched and well managed, and since I find WordPress so trivial to implement, administer and keep up-to-date, it won out. This theme is lovely and in combination with the AZIndex plugin, the site can present all the information we want in nice indexes.

I have a tendency to try and get things ‘just right’ before moving to a new web layout, but then spend so much time playing with tiny details that it never transpires (I already tried to move to WordPress once, but spent three weeks messing with the template).  So this time, we’re bringing the site up, putting the content up, and then we’ll mess with the fine detail later (like at the moment, on the reviews, they don’t have anywhere specific to list the author and other details, we’ll work on that).

If you’re one of the friends we have who reads and you feel like you might ever want to write a book review and whack it up here – just let one of us know and we’ll sort you out with an account.

Otherwise, hope you enjoy the site – who ever you are – and we’re trying hard to get more content in the next few months.